Remote Air Traffic Control Tower

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Remote Control Tower rendering 

Defense and security company Saab, the Virginia SATSLab, Inc. (VSATS) and the Leesburg Executive Airport are partnering to demonstrate and evaluate Saab remote tower technologies at Leesburg Executive Airport. During the summer of 2015, the partnership will demonstrate and evaluate the remote tower system for use at non-towered airports. The Virginia Department of Aviation is an advisory partner for the project.

For the demonstration, the partnership will deploy a number of Saab technologies at the airport -- high definition video cameras, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera, signal light gun (SLG) and microphones -- that will provide data directly to a Remote Tower Center (RTC) also located at the airport. The RTC will have multiple high-definition displays and two controller working positions with command of voice communications, the cameras and SLG. Data will be collected from the RTC, along with data from a Mobile Air Traffic Control Tower (MATCT) that will be deployed at the same time for safety redundancy and data comparison. FAA-certified Control Tower Operators will staff both the RTC and MATCT.

For more information, visit Saab's remote tower page here.  

For video of the pilot briefing held on May 25th regarding the summer test program and temporary tower visit here.